2. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning was enshrined into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2021 and he’s obviously one of the biggest living legends in the game of football, period. Manning is a Hall of Fame quarterback, one of the greatest to ever play the game, and he’s maintained an extremely close relationship with the Denver Broncos in his post-playing days.
Since he retired from playing the game, Denver Broncos fans all over the world have been absolutely begging for Manning to have some sort of official role with the team. Nobody cares if it’s as the offensive coordinator, owner, general manager, assistant general manager, assistant to the regional manager, or the head coach — people just love seeing Manning don the orange and blue.
And for good reason.
Manning is one of the smartest players to ever play the game. While the life of a head coach is extremely grueling work, there’s no question that Manning would arguably be the absolute best in terms of getting a team ready to play. Nobody studies film like this guy. Nobody quite sees the game as well as Manning does from his unique perspective.
To have someone like Peyton Manning coaching an entire roster of players? While the work would be daunting on his part, there’s no question in my mind that he would be great at it. What is this guy not great at?
If the Denver Broncos needed an emergency interim head coach and they’re picking from their list of Ring of Fame players, I think Manning would have to be near the top of the list.